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The aspect and meaning of novelization of Umsung in classical novels

  • The Research of the Korean Classic
  • 2021, (53), pp.191-232
  • DOI : 10.20516/classic.2021.53.191
  • Publisher : The Research Of The Korean Classic
  • Research Area : Humanities > Korean Language and Literature > Korean Literature > Korean classic prose
  • Received : April 15, 2021
  • Accepted : May 10, 2021
  • Published : May 31, 2021

Kim Moon Hee 1

1경기대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study discusses aspect and meaning of novelization of Umsung, a historical figure that appears repeatedly in classical novels such as Changsungamuerok, Sassinamjunggi, Ilrakjunggi, Nakcheondeungun paying attention to Umsung in Ming history. Private historical books such as Myeongsagisabonmal, Hwangmyeongtonggijipyo, Myeonggipyunyeon were being imported and read in Chosun before the official Myeongsa which was published in Qing dynasty. Umsung, a figure in Ming history could be reorganized as a figure in classical novels because various historical books starting with Myeongsa were being circulated and enjoyed in this way. Umsung in classical novels constitutes a figure who has functions of complex inducer of discord and associative builder of evildoer in common. The complex inducer of discord means that Umsung functions as omnidirectional discord inducer who conflicts with royalistic father of male and female main characters and main characters as well. It is similarization of history to imitate the qualification of Umsung in Myeongsa as it is. Classical novels are easily able to build integral appearance of disloyal subjects by imitating qualification of Umsung through the similarization of history. The associative builder of evildoer means that Umsung functions as a figure who concentrates and associates evildoers. Classical novels bulid a narrative where a historical figure in Ming history and fictional evildoers associate centering around Umsung and constitutes a narrative where a historical figure in Ming history associates centering a main character on the one hand. Lastly, classical novels also show originalities where female main characters or surrounding people constitute new stories of friendship while making a journey to escape from adversities of Umsung. It achieves novelistic originalities with romantic awareness about love and fictional imagi󰠀nation actively involved by actualizing unrealizavle love imaginatively.

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